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Hey guys,

I and my filipina fiance plan on getting married in the Philippines in the end of February. I am American citizen, and neither me or my fiance have been married before. I know as an American, I need to get an Afidavit from the consular office in Cebu (she lives on cebu so I will just get it there), also I know I need my passport. But for her, I have read conflicting things. She is under 21, so I know we will need parental consent. Also, she will need her NSO Birth Cert. I know also we will have to attend a seminar and get counseling from her pastor (we are not Catholic, but are Protestant.)

The one thing I see conflicting statements on, is whether she needs a CENOMAR to obtain a marriage license. I have read websites stating emphatically that she doesn't need a CENOMAR, such as http://www.western-asian.com/archives/42

But then I've read also people saying she will need one. So my question is, does anyone who has been married in the Phils. know for sure whether she will need a CENOMAR or not? Is there a way to find out for sure? Will her barangay Municipal Hall know for sure? If she wont need one, good, that will make things much simpler, since I will arrive there in early Feb. and we will go directly to the municipal hall and apply for the license. I know there is a 10 day waiting period too, so we are trying to time our wedding day and make plans now and knowing whether we will have to get her a CENOMAR nor not will make things easier to plan, especially if we will pay for relatives to be coming from other islands.

If she does need a CENOMAR, if I order it online, it takes up to a month to get sometimes? That would take too long for us and the time I will be there, so she said she heard you could go to a city called dumaguete and you can have your CENOMAR in just one day of waiting, is that true?

If no CENOMAR is required, then all is good, but either way, any help would be apprecaited. Thanks in advance.

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Hey guys,

I and my filipina fiance plan on getting married in the Philippines in the end of February. I am American citizen, and neither me or my fiance have been married before. I know as an American, I need to get an Afidavit from the consular office in Cebu (she lives on cebu so I will just get it there), also I know I need my passport. But for her, I have read conflicting things. She is under 21, so I know we will need parental consent. Also, she will need her NSO Birth Cert. I know also we will have to attend a seminar and get counseling from her pastor (we are not Catholic, but are Protestant.)

The one thing I see conflicting statements on, is whether she needs a CENOMAR to obtain a marriage license. I have read websites stating emphatically that she doesn't need a CENOMAR, such as http://www.western-asian.com/archives/42

But then I've read also people saying she will need one. So my question is, does anyone who has been married in the Phils. know for sure whether she will need a CENOMAR or not? Is there a way to find out for sure? Will her barangay Municipal Hall know for sure? If she wont need one, good, that will make things much simpler, since I will arrive there in early Feb. and we will go directly to the municipal hall and apply for the license. I know there is a 10 day waiting period too, so we are trying to time our wedding day and make plans now and knowing whether we will have to get her a CENOMAR nor not will make things easier to plan, especially if we will pay for relatives to be coming from other islands.

If she does need a CENOMAR, if I order it online, it takes up to a month to get sometimes? That would take too long for us and the time I will be there, so she said she heard you could go to a city called dumaguete and you can have your CENOMAR in just one day of waiting, is that true?

If no CENOMAR is required, then all is good, but either way, any help would be apprecaited. Thanks in advance.

May as well get the CENOMAR now. She also should get a CEMAR later right before her USEM interview.

This link should help in the overall process.

http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwha009.html

WE were married in PI and a CENOMAR wasn't required. May be different in different cities and provinces tho.

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every city has a different requirement before getting married here, we were not asked one..

just to be sure let her get a cenomar, it can be useful on your visajourney soon...

its only 150 or 180 pesos and she can get it in an hour in NSO CEBU if she lives in that city.

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I never asked for CENOMAR when we applied for the for marriage. BUt it might be diff. to other cities. Better to get one now ASAP. It will not hurt her if she will have get it now.

Good Luck! and Congrats!


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every city has a different requirement before getting married here, we were not asked one..

just to be sure let her get a cenomar, it can be useful on your visajourney soon...

its only 150 or 180 pesos and she can get it in an hour in NSO CEBU if she lives in that city.

Oh, thanks much! She seemed to think there wasn't an office to get a CENOMAR in cebu, only in dumaguete. I'll talk to her today about it, if that is the case and we can get a CENOMAR in one day/a few hours, and not have to wait a month, then all is good!

Thanks much!

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Please also make sure that you could get the affidavit in Cebu-US embassy. It might only be available in Manila.


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Please also make sure that you could get the affidavit in Cebu-US embassy. It might only be available in Manila.

Just "seconding" whats been said already, we were not required to get a CENOMAR before marrying in the Philippines we were only required to go to the U.S Embassy and get the Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry for the US citizen. I think under a certain age for women maybe it was 21 they also needed parental consent and under 25 parental advice form given to the municipality where they applied for a marriage contract, I could be a lil off on that though. I dont remember exactly how the parental thing worked out.

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Hey guys,

I and my filipina fiance plan on getting married in the Philippines in the end of February. I am American citizen, and neither me or my fiance have been married before. I know as an American, I need to get an Afidavit from the consular office in Cebu (she lives on cebu so I will just get it there), also I know I need my passport. But for her, I have read conflicting things. She is under 21, so I know we will need parental consent. Also, she will need her NSO Birth Cert. I know also we will have to attend a seminar and get counseling from her pastor (we are not Catholic, but are Protestant.)

The one thing I see conflicting statements on, is whether she needs a CENOMAR to obtain a marriage license. I have read websites stating emphatically that she doesn't need a CENOMAR, such as http://www.western-asian.com/archives/42

But then I've read also people saying she will need one. So my question is, does anyone who has been married in the Phils. know for sure whether she will need a CENOMAR or not? Is there a way to find out for sure? Will her barangay Municipal Hall know for sure? If she wont need one, good, that will make things much simpler, since I will arrive there in early Feb. and we will go directly to the municipal hall and apply for the license. I know there is a 10 day waiting period too, so we are trying to time our wedding day and make plans now and knowing whether we will have to get her a CENOMAR nor not will make things easier to plan, especially if we will pay for relatives to be coming from other islands.

If she does need a CENOMAR, if I order it online, it takes up to a month to get sometimes? That would take too long for us and the time I will be there, so she said she heard you could go to a city called dumaguete and you can have your CENOMAR in just one day of waiting, is that true?

If no CENOMAR is required, then all is good, but either way, any help would be apprecaited. Thanks in advance.

you dont need a cenomar just legal capacity, ur passport, parental consent of her parents, birthcert of ur fiance.hope its helps.good luck .

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The best thing I suggest your soon to be wife should do is go to her city/town hall and ask for the list of requirements you need to procure before you can get married.That's what I did. And if you guys both wanted to get married in Civil Ceremony, she might as well ask how much is Judges fee, beware for fixers. Look for the judge's office and ask directly there.

You at least need 7-10 days before getting your marriage license.


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